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Comet Lovejoy
Lens: Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Camera: Pentax K-x Photo Location: Lake Eppalock, Victoria, Australia Shutter Speed: >6s Aperture: F2.4 
Posted By: Irukanji, 01-05-2012, 12:45 AM

Before we get started, why can't I select ISO speeds in-between, like 640 or 2000? I think this is a bit of oversight, since the K-x can select them

Anyway, back on track.

On Christmas Eve morning, about 3am I left my house to go and photograph the comet in question. It had recently survived a near-death experience with the sun(about 120,000km above the surface). Lucky for me, it survived.

To say this thing was big would be an understatement. It was the brightest thing in the sky, and about the length of 10 full moons.

I only ended up with 1 photo I'd be happy to show, the rest were either not square, or didn't even get the comet in the frame. Needless to say, ballheads are useless for this and so I'm going to be getting a pano head.

The original photo and a photoshopped version will be uploaded, but my photoshop skills are...terrible. However it still achieved what I set out to do, and that was to make the stars stand out a bit more, as well as the foreground.

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01-05-2012, 01:33 AM   #2
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Good work. I was clouded over in Swan Hill and missed everything. Thanks for posting
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I can't judge the photo quality; I haven't done anything like this. But this a very cool phenomena the see! Thanks for showing.
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Wow, amazed at the size of the tail. Glad you got out there & captured that for the rest of us to see, thanks!

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Really interesting.

And I think you will find in your menu somewhere that you can selection options for iso setting just like 1/2 or 1/3 stops of the aperture.
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That is a ice photo of a comet, thanks for showing us.
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great shot. thanks for sharing

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Outstanding. What an event - captured so well.

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No doubt a once in a lifetime picture.
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Very nice capture.Someday I hope to get to an area where there are no lights and the stars look like you can touch them.In the Boston area that ain't happening.--charliezap

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